It’s vacation season! Hopefully you’ve already asked a coworker to cover for you so you can beat it out of town. Many people don’t give this request the proper attention and respect it deserves, possibly causing both you and your coworker to have a frustrating coverage experience.
Don’t Wait Until the Last Minute
It’s thoughtless to spend all year planning your vacation but to wait until your last week at work to ask someone to cover for you while you’re away. Remember that you’re adding to their responsibilities, so they need time to plan their time and schedule too. Show respect for them and the favor they’re doing for you by asking them in plenty of time. This will give them the opportunity to prepare for the added work and stress you’re giving them.
Don’t Dump Your Junk
Sure, you’re glad to be getting away but don’t dash out the door dumping a ton of drudgery on your coworkers to clean up for you. Handle critical tasks before you leave and earmark those that can wait until you return, rather than push them off on others. Take the time to write down information that your coworker needs in order to execute tasks for you, so that he or she is very clear about what you expect and can perform them competently.
Enjoy Your Vacation!
Since you’ve probably endured a hectic pace and stress load throughout the year, do all you can to make sure you’ll be free to enjoy your vacation. Go over everything with your coworker before you leave, and prepare a list that identifies the individuals to contact for questions or problems. Though many employers expect staff to stay plugged in 24/7 – even while you’re on vacation – push back on this. The purpose of vacation is for you to de-stress and rejuvenate. You can’t do this if you’re taxed and tethered to your job even when you’re away. It’s an unreasonable expectation that has become commonplace since the recession, but it’s exploitive of you. Even emergencies need to be handled in your absence. You could drop dead tomorrow so your company has to be able to function without you. And ease any guilt about unplugging and leaving everything to your coworker by bringing back a nice gift – particularly if you’re going away for a long time. Then make a point of offering to cover for others when they take off.
Make it easy for others to cover for you. Show some thoughtfulness and planning and your coworker will do a great job for you while letting you have a great vacation too!
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